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Here’s my lo-fi tribute to the original Cosmos TV series with Carl Sagan. Made with old photos from the series found in Cinefantastique magazine. Music ‘Heaven and Hell part 1 by Vangelis #carlsagan #cosmos #tvseries #cosmostv #astronomy #galaxy #vangelis #synthesizer #synthwave

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Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you what is perhaps the crowning achievement of the Milky Way Musings’ creative team: Cosmos - A Three-Movement Choral Suite by Kenley Kristofferson.

Over the course of a year, Kenley was inspired to write Cosmos using the words of Carl Sagan with the ultimate goal of synthesizing science and art to bring each of the two realms closer together than ever before. Under the watchful eye of Kenley, using the performance video provided by his videographers, we transformed this audio masterpiece into an audio-visual experience like no other. Sit back, relax, and enjoy.

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Consider Again That Pale Blue Dot

“It is well within our power to destroy our civilization and perhaps our species as well… We are also capable of using our compassion and intelligence, our technology and our wealth to make an abundant meaning life for every inhabitant of this planet. To enhance enormously our understanding of the universe and to carry us to the stars..” - Carl Sagan

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Carl Sagan once opined that “…science is a collaborative enterprise, spanning the generations. When it permits us to see the far side of some new horizon, we remember those who prepared the way, seeing for them also.”

In light of Curiosity’s successful landing on Mars, this proclamation is as relevant today as it ever was. Carl was at the vanguard of planetary exploration, having played a pivotal role in NASA’s Mariner, Viking, Voyager, and Galileo missions. More specifically, Carl, along with his contemporaries, revolutionized our understanding of the red planet during the Viking missions.

Carl recognized the limitations of the Viking lander because of its immobility, and highlighted the need for Mars rovers. Tragically, Carl died two weeks after Sojourner, the first Mars rover, began its trek towards the red planet. Where Sojourner was largely a proof-of-concept mission, the Curiosity rover, like Spirit and Opportunity before it, almost fully embodies Carl’s vision for robotic exploration on Mars.

So this video is for you, Carl. We remember you for preparing the way, and we are seeing for you also.